Thoracoscopic elongation of the esophagus.

1 November 2013

Long gap esophageal atresia in which a primary anastomosis cannot be achieved remains a
challenge. Elongation of the esophagus by traction on the 2 ends has been previously described. With
the advent of thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia, there have thus far been no reports of
thoracoscopic repair of long gap esophageal atresia. This paper describes the first successful repair of
long gap esophageal atresia by thoracoscopic traction of the 2 esophageal ends and delayed
thoracoscopic anastomosis.

van der Zee DCVieirra-Travassos DKramer WLTytgat SH.
Department Pediatric Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, PO Box 85090, 3508 AB Utrecht, The Netherlands

J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Oct;42(10):1785-8.

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